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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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Creating lines and shapes


Figure 68: Creating a shape


To create shapes and lines:

  1. Select the desired line or shape tool.

  2. Click and drag to create the object on the slide. See Figure 68.

When drawing a polygon, keep the Shift key pressed to restrict the angle between the segments to multiples of 45 degrees. To finish drawing a polygon, double-click on the last part of the segment. If a closed polygon was selected, OOo will color the inside area.

When drawing certain shapes, one or more yellow dots are displayed along with the blue resizing handles. These dots perform a different function according to the shape they are applied to. With the basic shapes the yellow dot (or dots) are used for the following purposes:

  • Rounded rectangle and Rounded square shapes: use the yellow dot to change the size of the curve replacing the corners.

  • Circle Pie: use the two yellow dots to change the size of the filled sector.

  • Isosceles triangle: move the yellow dot on one vertex to modify the triangle type.

  • Trapezoid, Parallelogram, or Octagon: move the yellow dot to change the angle between the sides.

  • Cross: use the yellow dot to change the thickness of the four sides.

  • Ring: use the yellow dot to change the internal diameter.

  • Block arc: use the yellow dot to change both the internal diameter and the size of the filled area.

  • Cylinder and Cube: use the yellow dot to change the perspective.

  • Folded corner: use the yellow dot to change the size of the corner.

  • Frame: use the yellow dot to change the internal rectangle diagonal.

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